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Body image and anxiety as indicators in rheumatoid arthritis

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dc.contributor.author Lewitton B en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:54:47Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:54:47Z
dc.date.created 1970 en
dc.date.submitted 1973 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/64783
dc.description.abstract Rheumatoid arthritis, 'the great crippler', has now established itself firmly in the category 'psychosomatic disease' and a psychosomatic approach is used when considering the aetiology of the disease and often the therapy and prognosis of the patient as well. The rehabilitation of the afflicted patient is the central concern of medical and paramedical personnel engaged in rheumatology. The patient's motivation for rehabilitation is generally considered to be the single most important factor affecting the rehabilitation process. The task of assessing this motivation falls to the psychologist. This study will focus particularly upon the motivation for rehabilitation in rheumatoid arthritis following surgery. An attempt will be made to construct a psychometric screening device as an aid in selecting patients for surgery with some degree of assurance that the neurotic component underlying the disease is not of such a nature as to militate against the rehabilitation programme. The investigation involves a measurement of anxiety, by means of a questionnaire; and a measurement of body image, by means of the Rorshach test. Thus the aim of this study may be briefly stated as follows : it is a pilot study which uses small groups and purports to explore anxiety and body image in rheumatoid arthritics. The findings should be helpful in cases where surgery is indicated, i.e. they should be valid prognostic indicators of response to surgery. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Clinical psychology en
dc.subject 010 Health sciences en
dc.title Body image and anxiety as indicators in rheumatoid arthritis en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA (Psych) en


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